Along the Arroyo Seco
|The Arroyo Seco: an Urban Waterway|
The Arroyo region is a fantastic microcosm of local plant and animal life -- although, in my opinion, the area skunks certainly could tone down their olfactory upstaging. (My husband and I joke that we live in the Skunk Gabriel Valley.) The Arroyo Seco Foundation, created by Charles Lummis in 1905, has led the way in efforts to preserve and protect the area for future generations. The group works toward "an integrated, harmonious approach to watershed and flood management, water conservation, habitat enhancement as well as the expansion of recreational opportunities." I'm glad we have good people like this to make sure our natural treasures aren't completely paved over. In the last few years, they helped bring back the Arroyo chub -- a native species of fish that was once plentiful in the area.
|Runners along Arroyo Drive|
The Arroyo curves along the edge of Arroyo Drive, across from South Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Park, right near the Skate Park and -- if you look at the familiar street lamps on the left side of the photo above -- next to the tunnel I showed you here.
If you want to see what life was like along the Arroyo Seco in the early 20th Century, you must get a copy of Rick Thomas's book The Arroyo Seco from the wonderful Images of America series. (South Pasadena's famous Cawston Ostrich Farm was there, but did you know that from 1905-1937 the Arroyo also laid claim to Busch Gardens? Parts of Gone With the Wind were shot in the area, too!)
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